In this week’s guitar lesson, you’ll learn how to play a VERY slow, and melodic lead over a basic chord progression. I’ll explain what a relative minor is and how you can use the same scale to solo over a relative minor and it’s relative major. This lead is made up of both blues and country style licks.
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Michael Allen says
christopher R says
thank you…again…you are the best teacher….
Living in such a remote area really limits my access to good teachers and influences.
Having joined Active melody has really coloured my playing and Ive never gotten so much value for $10 /month.
Thankyou Bryan for helping me rekindle the inspuration I had in the beginning
Im sure this song will evoke many blue memories for those listening.
Samuel M says
I don’t know how you call this beginner lessons . that is why I cancelled my membership . to much work on my part trying to pause the video all the time .
Have you not used the Soundslice feature? You can control the speed.
Brian, it’s such a joy to see YOU progressing as a player. Your playing just gets better and better and it’s awesome to witness and be a part of. A true talent.
sustain! ..yes. like your explanation agree play around with both the guitar and amp settings..I just try listening to you settings first but know you are busy teaching lol.. good lesson and thanks Brian!
Thank you, Brian.
This will be a great lesson. Playing very slow can be so much harder than playing fast!
I love the variety of your lessons.
So amazing and beautiful! Love the talk about the tone, great lesson on some theory, too – but the w a y y o u p l a y i t, OMG! A bend and a half, oh dear… Brian, you are absolutely amazing, thank you for giving us all this love and I just hope you are getting it back, too! 💜😉
Thanks Brian. Top lesson. I love the slow tempo giving time between the notes where all the fine detail in bends and vibrato have a chance to stand on their own.
Mirabel S says
Brian, Thank You, slow and beautiful, love it.
Rich F says
Thanks Brian for such a beautiful lesson: love it! Watching it in bed with my Saturday morning cup of tea, and it is inspiring me to cut short my lie-in and get up and grab my guitar!
I love the backing chords and rhythm, which I am going to try to play, in addition to the lead. Just a quick question: I am trying to get my head around 6/8 time versus 6/4 time (which both seem to have a waltz feel to them?). In this lesson, you say that this is 6/4 time. In lesson EP256, you say that it is 6/8 time, but count it the same? 123456, 223456… can you help ease my confusion? I remember reading somewhere once what the top and bottom numbers mean….
Thanks again for consistently opening up new vistas on the guitar!
Bill F says
It’s all about the hat. Great lesson!
Raymond P says
A great lesson Brian,
Lots of take away, love the explanation about the major relative minor chords. All great info taught through a beautiful piece of music.
Blaine L says
How you come up with such beautiful tunes week after week is a mystery to me. I often play the “with guitar” track just to listen to you play. Great work!
I was just practicing this is terrific lesson ,I hear the David and see the Gilmour licks..very cool especially a favorite! will look back at EP130 too as you suggested! Thumbs ups on youtube!
Sweet, very very sweet. You done did it again Brian! Love the Stones-y feel to this one.
Tim M says
Love this lesson. I subscribed after seeing this one on YouTube. Thanks so much. So much emotion in the playing. Just a suggestion…maybe make the videos with the ability to Chromecast? I like to watch the YouTube lessons on my TV and would love to do the same with the members area content. Thanks
Alvin B says
Hi, just thought I’d offer a little help on your suggestion for ActiveMelody videos that could be Chromecast.
What you’re wanting….is an automatic aspect that already happens whenever you attempt to Chromecast to an Internet connected SmartTV. So you can still send and watch ActiveMelody videos on your TV if you are already watching Youtube videos in this manner.
Just ‘right click’ the video and click Cast in the list of actions that appear. Then hit the video expand button from your video on your desktop or Laptop computer and it will appear full screen on your TV. That’s it! I have double checked this to ensure I am not guiding you in the wrong path. It will work. Try it. Best of luck! Alvin B
WOW. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
This is a very instructive lesson and should not to be missed out in my view. The technique and information parted are vital to a serious player who wants to improve.
FRANCK V says
Merci Brian, you made most of my holidays! I particularly appreciated the Gilmour move in that one which revived cherished notes in me.
“May you lum reek lang!”
good lesson… … nice and slow (like me)
and very nice chord progression- took it and juiced it up with some loud overdrive and faster..sounds great..good fun
and a touch of knopfler is always worth the price of admission
john b says
awesome blues country i have play those licks but in a different content love it
Nice one maestro!
Paddy C says
Yesssss I love the slow lessons because I can give them a go and make them sound half ok ,thanks Brian excellent lesson man
Iman A says
Hi,That is one of the beautiful lesson i love it a lot
Thanks for all the time you spend teaching your followers
Jay Guitarman says
Fantastic! Just like every lesson!
udom v says
Very sweet indeed. Love it. Thanks
Peter D says
Really lovely! Looking forward to learning this. And, as you say – so many “take-aways” here. Thank you.
henry damm h says
Fine lesson……and where does this bB chord come from?
henry damm h says
ok..Jon g explained in forum
Great Lesson Brian…Lots of fun…
dave l says
what’s makes it a great lesson, is you actually looked like you were really enjoying teaching us these licks,,,, when your into it, we’re into it!!!
Jeff F says
Thanks for the slow lesson- especially with the bends. I haven’t worked on bending much but it makes it easier to learn when I’m not as focused as keeping up with the tempo. I do appreciate the option in all your videos of being able to adjust the tempo for practicing- that has helped tremendously. Best of all is explaining the theory of what you are doing. Thanks Brian!!!
Avinash P says
Thank you Brian for another amazing lesson! I like to learn and play in slow paste first and get the tempo and little bends and slides right with timing. Also counting the beat and using your metronome is very helpful. Another very helpful input is, when I am playing on my guitar is the amp and sound setting info about how you do it. As a beginner the sound setting gets sometimes to overwhelming for me and I end up playing in “clean” with little old time tremolo addings.
Thank you so much. You have great lessons.
PS.: Keep yourself safe from all these Hurricanes/Tornados coming up.
In every lesson, there are so many take-aways. After returning to this lesson to go over the song, I caught something I missed before. Brian explained about sustain, using the amp guitar and overdrive. It truly is a blessing to have Brian as our guide. Thanks Brian!
In every lesson, there are so many take-aways. After returning to this lesson to go over the song, I caught something I missed before. Brian explained about sustain, using the amp guitar and overdrive. It truly is a blessing to have Brian as our guide. Thanks for this one Brian!
Billy R says
So when using a relative minor chord, how would you work that into a major chord progression?
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Keith I says
I took this lesson a few weeks ago and just came back to it. I found myself playing this song in an endless loop. Bravo, Brian, from a fellow Nashvillian.
Robert M says
Great lesson!! I’m very new to the guitar so would appreciate if someone could explain
how to set my amp for overdrive. Thanks
James B says
As a musician for over 30 years. To this younger generation. You folks just don’t realize what a blessing it is to have these online teachers. It was very hard to find this stuff in the 90’s. I still have a lot of tapes, dvd’s and books that I go back to from time to time. The younger generation is like, books! Yea right. I count my blessing all the time when I can get vids like this. Just wish I had more time. But any musician, you have to make time. If you dont get it at first. Keep at it. Muscle memory is the key.
Rich F says
Just re-visiting this beautiful slow blues/country lesson after a couple of years, with a view to re-learning it and psting it soon! I notice that I commented on August 11th 2018.,, still love this lesson! The rhythm (6/4 time)… the melody, the moves, the complete awesome feel of it…. and I love the relative major relative minor thing!
Billy R: you asked about how to work a relative minor chord into a major chord progression… don’t know if that was ever answered for you… I find these charts useful…
major chord progression chart
minor chord progression chart
So yiu can see there where the chords come from in C major/A minor for this lesson…
Rich F says
Hopefully the chord chart links work this time…